How do you write an essay on privacy rights in the workplace?

First, what are the requirements of your assignment?

  • Do you have to use any particular resources or references?
  • Do you have to argue from a certain point of view?
  • Do you have a specified length?
Make sure you have the details of your assignment in mind. Wherever they differ from these suggestions, follow your assignment.

An essay asks you to express a point of view or a position on a topic. It is not just about giving information.

Now, here's what you do. First prepare:
  1. Go to Google or other search engine and type in a query using your keywords. Your keywords might be "privacy," "rights," and "workplace." Don't use any quotation marks unless you are looking for a certain phrase.
  2. Read or skim a few of the resources that come up just to get an idea of what the topic is about.
  3. Start thinking of what your point of view or opinion might be. For example, do you think that everything you do in the workplace ought to be the employer's business? Do you think that laws about privacy in the workplace are fair? Do you think that a person's right to privacy applies no matter who he is or what he is doing? Do you think that privacy ends when illegal actions begin?
  4. If your topic is really big, narrow it down. For instance, you might just want to talk about e-mail privacy or privacy of personal belongings.
  5. Gather some information that works for or against your point of view. Try to take a fair and balanced position, and also know what information works against your position. You might want to reconsider your position.
  6. Consider how reliable your sources of information are. A source that talks about the laws and what they mean is probably better than somebody's blog complaining about his boss. But the personal complaint might supply a good example of something.
  7. Decide what main point you would like to make--what idea or message you want to get across to the reader. This is what you want the reader to get out of reading your essay.
  8. Find several (maybe three) main things that support your case and arrange them in a logical order, such as from least important to most important.
Then write.

Start with a statement of your position--a sentence or paragraph that states the opinion you are going to present. Introduce the main points you are going to make to support your view.

Offer your main pieces of evidence, your points of persuasion, based on the information you found. Explain how each supports your position. Discuss them in the same order in which you introduced them at the beginning.

Draw a conclusion that sums up what you've just said and proves your point, without just restating what you said at the start.